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Using a Dremel is a Hoot!

by Jane Windham on August 31, 2014

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsCan you believe August is over and fall is just around the corner? Even though it’s still hot as blazes here, Leo and I have completed our first fall project, and here he is! It’s Mr. Hooty Hoot! He has perched himself here on the front porch and is lending a little fall flair to our home.

Just in case you might like to make one of your own,  I’m showing the steps we used in creating him.

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsUsing an image of an owl I found online, I roughly sketched the outline of the owl and a branch on a 28″ X 28″ piece of 1/4 inch plywood.

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsThen Leo’s brother Jim used a variable speed jigsaw (pictured on the right) to cut out the outline.

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsUsing a pencil, I added some details to the cutout. I went back over some of the details with a Sharpie, but I wouldn’t advise that!

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsThen Leo used the Dremel 3000 tool and several small engraving bits to carve out the details.

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsThen he handed the owl over to me and I stained him all over, front and back, with golden pine gel stain by General Finishes. Using a gel stain is so much easier than a liquid. You just wipe it on and then wipe off the excess.

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsAfter the stain had dried, I used some brown, black, grey, white, and yellow-gold to highlight the carved out features.

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsYou can see how using the Dremel tool to carve out the details and then adding the paint really adds some interest.

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsMr. Hooty Hoot is waiting on more owl friends to join him on the porch as summer gives way to fall.

Using a Dremel to Create a Wooden Owl | Cottage at the CrossroadsStay tuned to Cottage at the Crossroads for the next exciting episode of  ” The Fall Front Porch” where you’ll find the answer to the question just how many owls can you fit on a front porch?

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Our Wooden Garden Sign made with a Dremel and our wooden owl have been featured over at Dremel Weekends, a great site for finding all sorts of DIY projects you can do with a Dremel.

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